Simple and Cute Sewing Crafts for Kids

These sew-cute crafts are easy enough even for beginner sewers!

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Photograph by Alexandra Grablewski, Idea by Mary Catherine Graziano

Bottle Bear

Give sweating summer water bottles a dry coat with this cute cozy.

Originally published the June/July 2013 issue of FamilyFun magazine.

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Photograph by Doug Merriam

Lovely Gloves

Your child can change the look of her cold-weather gear with ease by adding buttons. Sew one to the back of each mitten or glove. Cut shapes from felt -- hearts, stars, rocket ships, cats -- and make a slit as wide as the button in the center of each. Then slip a shape (or two, or three) onto each button.

Originally published the February 2013 issue of FamilyFun magazine.

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Give New Life to Old Shirts

I can't bear to give away the special shirts my daughters have outgrown, so we decided to turn the most precious ones into keepsake pillows. We cut a shirt into a fun shape -- a cat face from a kitty-patterned pajama top, a coffee mug from a diner shirt -- then we sew the front and back together and stuff it with fiberfill. The girls can display the pillows or snuggle with them at bedtime (remembering good times makes for sweet dreams).

-- Ceil Than Port Jefferson, NY

Originally published the October 2012 issue of FamilyFun magazine.

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Backseat Activity Station

To keep my daughter's toys and art supplies organized in the car, I sewed a few extra pockets to an unused apron and tied it to the back of the seat in front of her. With books, pens, paper, and little toys tucked in the apron pockets, Ada always has something to amuse her.

-- Shannon Muedeking Gerhardt Burnsville, MN

Originally published the October 2012 issue of FamilyFun magazine.

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Photo by Ed Judice, Idea By Tova Opatrny

Make an Apple Cozy

It can be a bruising ride to school in a kid's lunch box. Protect fruit from dirt and dings with a fleece pouch.

Originally published the September 2012 issue of FamilyFun magazine.

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Photograph by Ed Judice, Idea by Nicole Blum

Pins That Pop

Add panache to a pack with handmade fabric flower pins that even beginning sewers can make.

For each pin, cut five or six circles in different sizes from canvas and upholstery-weight fabrics. Stack them from largest to smallest. Thread embroidery floss through a large-eye needle, knot the end, and sew through the center of the stack. Make several stitches to create an asterisk shape. Whipstitch the nonfastening side of a safety pin to the back, making sure to sew through only one or two layers. Tie off the floss, and your flower is ready to pin.

Originally published the September 2012 issue of FamilyFun magazine.

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Photograph by Ed Judice, Idea by Nicole Blum

T-shirt Tunic

With a little help from an adult, your child can recycle a T-shirt into a comfy tunic that she'll jump, twirl, and flip over.

Start with an ironed T-shirt (men's medium or large). Lay it flat and following the illustration, mark and cut the sleeves and neck from the shirt. At what will be the neck of the tunic, fold and press with an iron a 1 1/4-inch hem toward the inside of the shirt, on both the front and the back. Use embroidery thread and a needle to sew the two hems into 1-inch-wide channels. Attach a safety pin to a 48-inch-long, 3/4-inch-wide fabric ribbon. Feed the ribbon, pin first, through both channels to form a loop. Pull the ribbon to cinch up the neck of the tunic, then tie the ribbon ends in a bow.

Originally published the June/July 2012 issue of FamilyFun magazine.

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David Roth

Make a Flower Power Headband

Who knew that fabric salvaged from an old tee could be transformed into something so pretty? The sewing required here is very basic -- one simple X-stitch does it all.

Originally published the May 2012 issue of FamilyFun magazine.

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David Roth

Posy Sewing Kit

When all the supplies are stashed in this sweet holder, stitching stray buttons or a quick hem becomes a lot more fun. This kit makes a thoughtful gift for teachers, grandmothers, or anyone who deserves a little handmade love.

You will need:

  • Cotton fabric
  • Half-pint canning jar with lid ring and lid center
  • Fiberfill
  • Tacky glue
  • Flower template
  • Stiff and regular felt
  • Sewing supplies

1. Lay the fabric wrong side up and place the lid ring on top of it. Mark a circle 1 inch wider than the ring, then cut it out.

2. Stack the lid elements as shown at left. Push the lid center down so that it fits into the ring. Glue the excess fabric taut to the lid center's underside.

3. Trace the flower template onto the stiff felt, then cut out the shape. Slip the flower over the lid ring, letting it rest on the ring's rolled metal lip.

4. Cut a 3/8- by 9 1/4-inch strip of regular felt. Run a line of glue onto the strip, then press it into place on the lid ring. Let it dry, then fill the jar with sewing supplies and screw on the lid.

Originally published in the May 2012 issue of FamilyFun magazine.

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